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Summer programs kick off at the library this weekend

The Prince George Public Library kicks off its Summer Reading Program this weekend, and this year adults can participate, too.

The Adult Summer Challenge begins on Saturday and includes a number of reading prompts and tasks. Participants can complete as many or as few of the challenges as they’d like over six weeks, and will earn a draw entry for each challenge completed.

Prizes include a $150 gift certificate to Books and Company; a $150 gift certificate to The London, and a $150 local food & drink prize package. Participants can pick up challenge booklets at a kick-off event on Saturday from 2-3 p.m. at Bob Harkins Branch, or at either branch beginning July 6.

The Summer Reading Program, for ages 5-9, begins on Tuesday, July 9 at Bob Harkins Branch and on Wednesday, July 10 at Nechako Branch. The weekly program will include activities, stories and special events to encourage children to keep reading during their summer break from school.

This year, a ‘Quiet Corner’ will be set up at all Summer Reading Program events for children with sensory sensitivities and those who need a few moments to themselves. The corner will feature the library’s sensory kit, which includes fidget toys, noise defender headphones, sunglasses, and a wiggle cushion that can also be used as a weighted lap pad.

Both branches will welcome the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre next week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Mission. The presentation and hands-on workshop will engage children 5-12 yrs. in STEM activities focused on the challenges of space travel and living on the moon.

A Tens to Teens Challenge for 10-18 years will have double digits and teens reading books, graphic novels and manga, and completing a number of challenges. Up for grabs are small weekly prizes, and three experience-based grand prize packages.

All prizes were made possible by generous support by the Friends of the Prince George Public Library.

Detailed information about each program can be found at www.pgpl.ca/events.